Green pastures by way of death valley

A post from History in the Making:

It’s tempting as a pastor to lead people on a comfortable path. Ahh, the love and appreciation you get. No one leaves the church. But it’s ultimately not the route God wants us to take. God doesn’t just lead us to green pastures. He leads us to green pastures through death valley. Take Psalm 23:

“He leads me beside still waters…. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death

“You prepare a table before me…. in the presence of my enemies

If the church stays comfortable, it misses those God-moments that make the church a supernatural experience. A pastor said yesterday, “There were easier routes the Israelites could have taken out of Egypt. But they would missed the parting of the Red Sea.”